Community Investment Input Sessions

YOUR INPUT MATTERS! Vote for neighborhood investment projects in your area! 

Last Fall, Ypsilanti neighborhoods south of Michigan Avenue came together to provide input and brainstorm what their priority projects were for neighborhood investments via Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. To follow up on the input sessions, our office will host another round of input sessions where community members can vote on projects that they most would like to see in their neighborhood. 

If you live in these areas south of Michigan Avenue in Ypsilanti, we would love to hear from you! Bell Kramer, First and Second Streets, Heritage Park, Parkridge Park, Forrest Knoll/Arbor Manor, Worden Gardens. 

COMMUNITY INPUT VOTING SESSION: 

When: Wednesday, August 17, 5-7pm
Where: Parkridge Park Pavilion*
*Rain location - Parkridge Community Center (591 Armstrong Drive)

CAN'T ATTEND THE 8/17 SESSION? 

Here are alternative ways to make sure your voice is heard by sharing your input! 

  • Text (734) 245-9427 and tell us what projects below are your top priority, or complete the form below and return it to the Dropbox located at the Parkridge Community Center by September 1. 
  • Place your vote at Parkridge SummerFest! Look for the Office of Community & Economic Development tent at Parkridge SummerFest
  • Complete the digital form here and it will automatically be sent to OCED staff

Attend the session or submit your input for a chance to win $100 Visa gift card (your information will be entered into a drawing to win)!

2022 voting session

Community Input Session - Fall 2021 

In 2017, the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) developed a 5-Year Fair Housing Plan through a HUD process called Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing. The Plan outlined goals related to fair housing, and in it the County also made a commitment to reinvest all Community Development Block Grant program income within two specific census tracts – neighborhoods on the southside of Ypsilanti, located south of Michigan Ave (census tract 4106) and the LeForge area (census tract 4112). Most importantly, the reinvestments must be decided based on resident input. Community input was collected in Fall 2021 through in-person meetings, a virtual session, and an online survey for census tract 4106. 

According to U.S. Census Bureau, census tract 4106 has a total population of 1,282 residents (American Community Survey, 2019) with a median household income of $18,085 per year. Census tract 4106 includes households located south of Michigan Avenue and north of I-94 between S. Mansfield Street to the West and S. Hamilton Street to the East. 

In 2019, we held a series of community conversations, which resulted in the completion of a the new playground in Parkridge Park in Fall 2020. Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) and the City of Ypsilanti engaged over 100 residents living around Parkridge Park to identify and prioritize what type of investment they want to see in their community and residents voted that a new playground in Parkridge Park was their top priority. 

In efforts to collect resident input regarding additional community investments in neighborhoods located on the southside of Ypsilanti, the Washtenaw Urban County and OCED held five input sessions in October and November 2021, and attended one regularly scheduled community meeting, to hear from residents about the types of community infrastructure investments that are important to them.

A total of 25 residents attended input sessions and 4 residents provided input in an online survey – of the 29 total participants, 33 responses were provided (some residents provided more than one suggestion). Below is a breakdown of attendance by session:

Tuesday, October 5 | Location: Parkridge Park Pavilion - 7 residents in attendance

  • Wednesday, November 3 | Location: Hamilton Crossing Community Room - 4 residents in attendance
  • Tuesday, October 19 | Virtual session | Location: Zoom - 1 resident
  • Wednesday, November 10 | Location: Arbor Manor/Forrest Knoll - 4 residents in attendance
  • Saturday, November 13 | Location: Parkridge Community Center - 5 residents in attendance 
    *This was not an official input session, but OCED staff attended the Heritage Park Neighborhood Association meeting and engaged with 5 residents
  • Wednesday, November 17 | Location: New Parkridge Community Room - 4 residents in attendance
  • Online Survey Submissions - 18 people responded to an online survey available for those that could not attend an in-person session, however, only 4 submissions were from residents within the census tract available for CDBG funding.

To view a 2-page summary of the input session reporting results, click here. A longer, more detailed summary of community input is also available here. 

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  Photo: the playground in Parkridge Park, constructed in Fall 2020 as a result of community input sessions  

Washtenaw County and City of Ypsilanti staff plan to reconvene with the community in June 2022 to prioritize community infrastructure projects to fund. Please keep an eye out for meeting details in the coming months, which will be sent by email, social media, and flyers, as well as posted on this webpage.

This process is intended to be community driven and your ideas are important to us! 

If you have not yet provided input and would like to do so, please contact us at ‪(937) 848-1087‬ or fill out the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5HQW75T.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Project Eligibility

The following neighborhoods are identified as those located within census track 4106:

  • Bell Kramer
  • First and Second Streets
  • Heritage Park
  • Parkridge Park
  • Forrest Knoll/Arbor Manor
  • Worden Gardens

The list below includes the type of projects that are eligible for funding:

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  •       - Park planning - host sessions to hear input on what improvements are needed in the parks
  •      - Park improvements (physical structures, fields, pavilion, tree planting, other amenities)



house graphic - Homeownership Assistance/Programs for low-moderate income households:
        - Homebuyer Counseling prior to buying a house
        - Down payment assistance for those looking to purchase a home
        - Home repairs for current homeowners
        - Solar panels and improved energy-efficiency for homeowners      


street
    - Street tree installation
    - Street lighting
    - Addition of bike lanes
   - Enhanced crosswalks


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 - Sidewalk repair
 - Street improvements
 - Community Center improvements
 - Demolition of abandoned buildings